As a young Romany boy in Transylvania in the early years of the twentieth century, Salvo Usari's mother and father are killed in a tragic fire.
Forced to flee his village, leaving his brother and sister behind him, Salvo embarks on a lifetime's odyssey that takes him through the dark forests of his homeland, to the bustling streets of Budapest - where he learns the skills of a wire-walker - and eventually to the United States.
There he is reunited with his family, finds fame, and eventually risks everything to perform one final - death-defying - high wire act, as he walks between the twin towers of the World Trade Center...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Atlantic Books
- Publication Date: 01/02/2010
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781843547525
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Review by SimoneA
Ascension is the story of the life of a Romany boy, Salvo, who grows up to become a rope walker in the USA. The book follows Salvo for many years and covers (amongst others) WWII and the blooming period of the circus. I don't want to give away too much of the story, because some of the beauty of this book is in the discovering of how things have become the way they are. Instead, I will say that this book had me really feeling for Salvo and his family; I was happy for them, I was angry for them and I was sad for them. All in all, this is a beautifully written novel, which is, although not super impressive, a very enjoyable read.